Traces of Texas Slavery
January 27, 2017 - January 28, 2017
Interpreting American slavery and its consequences from a variety of academic perspectives. Join scholars for an exploration of slavery and its role in our shared history.
Saturday January 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Symposium: Traces of Texas Slavery
What does the historical record tell us about slavery and what were its repercussions? Discover for yourself with guidance through the layers of complexity and nuance in Texas and the nation. Speakers at the event will highlight the deep and lasting impacts of slavery on Texas through analysis of historic sources as diverse as artifacts, architecture, documents and descendant interviews.
This portion of the event takes place at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Friday January 27, 2017 7:00 - 8:00pm
Keynote Speech: Andrew Torget
Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 by Andrew Torget tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how the rise and spectacular collapse of the Republic of Texas as a nation built on cotton and slavery proved to be a blueprint for the Confederacy of the 1860s.
Andrew Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas.
PLEASE NOTE: Keynote speech is currently at capacity and will take place at Neill-Cochran House.
Nancy Bercaw is a curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Bercaw received her bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College and her master’s and doctoral degrees in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Bercaw is the author of Gendered Freedoms: Race, Rights, and the Politics of the Household in the Mississippi Delta, 1861–1875. She edited Gender and the Southern Body Politic and co-edited the Gender volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
Mary Elliott is a Museum Specialist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She helped research, conceptualize and design the “Slavery and Freedom” inaugural exhibition. She contributed to the exhibition script, consulted with expert scholars, and identified and secured collection donations including the antebellum slave cabin that will be featured in the museum. A graduate of Howard University and the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, her personal research focuses on African Americans from antebellum slavery through the Jim Crow Era, with a specific concentration on migration and community development.
Maria Franklin is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology and the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. As a historical archeologist, she has led investigations at plantations and "freedom colonies" in central Texas. Dr. Franklin has also served as a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Archaeological Research at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia.
Andrew Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas, where he also runs a digital humanities lab. Dr. Torget developed the Texas Slavery Project as an experiment in how visualization methods might provide new insights into his research on the westward expansion of the American South. His most recent book is Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850, tells the story of how global economic shifts transformed northern Mexico into the American Southwest. Seeds of Empire has won ten book prizes and awards.
Symposium will take place in Texas Spirit Theater at Bullock Museum. A reception and book signing will follow the program. The Museum is pleased to present this program in partnership with the Neill-Cochran House and the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion.
To attend either portion of the event, please RSVP above.
This program made possible in part by AT&T
Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.